A few years ago, a friend told me about the cool shirt she had found online for her son who loves to play the violin. She commented that it’s difficult to find shirts for a specific interest at retail stores but she found some really unique and fun designs online. This was my introduction to print-on-demand companies. I already knew some companies on the internet could print your photographs on mugs or shirts but now I learned that a few companies offered the opportunity to share your personally created designs or photographs with people all over the world on a wide variety of items! I liked this idea because I loved drawing since I was little and I’d started to really enjoy designing and working on the computer as an adult. My wall space was already filled up to the point I couldn’t add any more drawings or paintings but I still needed a creative outlet! Zazzle became my new creative outlet. Every time someone ordered a product with my design, I felt so great! They had spent their hard earned money on something I designed and it was the best “pat on the back” I could wish for.
Now you might say, why zazzle? They are not the only print-on-demand company I could have used to produce my designs. Here are the simple reasons:
Working with a print-on-demand company allows me to do what I do best and enjoy most: create fun, unique designs that provide customers with meaningful gifts for their kids, friends or family. While I can only highlight some of my designs on my personal website, you can see the complete collection of products at www.zazzle.com/presentsoflove* Thank you for checking it out!
I love sloths! I had the opportunity to see sloths in the wild on an amazing trip to Costa Rica many years ago before we had kids. We are planning on going on another trip to Costa Rica within the next year. This time we want to share this wonderful experience of seeing wildlife in their natural environment with our kids. So much better than the zoo!
Out of all the animals we encountered in Costa Rica on our last trip (which included an eye lash pit viper snake!) the sloth really stands out in my mind. They are just fascinating creatures, reminding us to enjoy the simple things in life and to slow down! Quite appropriate as I recently threw out my back (again!) and I'm writing this blog post to you from my bed snuggled up with ice packs...
Sloths seem to have an always present smile on their faces. They mostly eat tree leaves and sleep the manority of the day. Even though you would expect they make an easy prey being so slow, they are well camouflaged and therefore not easily noticed by predators. In other words, they do an excellent job playing hide-and-seek!
I hope you enjoy this new design as we approach summer. May your summer be filled with lazy, sunny days!
What are the simple things in life you enjoy in summer? Are you good at balancing your life or do you find it hard to slow down? Please share your thoughts!
I’d heard about the benefits of learning during summer break to ensure kids start off the new school year in a strong way and without much loss of the previous school year’s knowledge. So, these past couple years, we’d buy workbooks with appropriate grade-level worksheets. At first, I just went to the book store and picked out some fun colorful books. Last year, I decided to make the trip with the kids in tow so they could pick out the workbooks that most appealed to them. I figured if they pick out the workbooks, they will be more involved in the process and more likely to actually work in them. I really liked workbooks when I was little but then again, I loved playing school! Our daughter seems to be more interested than our son in these summer workbooks but even she loses motivation after doing a number of worksheets.
So this year, I decided to come up with a new approach. I still want our kids to continue learning as summer break in the United States is long - about 11 weeks! In comparison, I only had 6 weeks of summer break, growing up in the Netherlands! While most likely this new approach means more work for me, hopefully it will also mean a whole lot more fun for the kids and more learning taking place because they're actually enjoying it!
This is my plan:
What are your plans for your kids’ summer learning? Do you feel kids need to work on school related activities during summer break?
Illustrations and nature inspired, handmade art gifts that remind us of the simple joys.